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Your Health: Do's and don'ts of grease fires

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HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) -

There is a video making the rounds on the internet showing what not to do in case of a grease fire. 

WAFF 48 News got some help from the Hartselle Fire Department to show how a small emergency can turn into a major catastrophe.

"We have a few of these fires throughout the year, but typically starting in mid-November and on into the first part of January, I would say the number of fires increase 10 to 15% maybe more, just because of the extreme amount of cooking, said senior firefighter Craig Knox.

Knox said if there's a fire in your kitchen, the best thing to do is take a wet rag and lay it across the fire and step back.

Many people keep flour at the side to toss onto a possible fire. Flour and sugar have an explosive force of two sticks of dynamite.

And there are a lot of public misconceptions.

And while "most" people would want to toss water or flour on a grease fire, that can make it worse.

"People automatically assume that "water" on a grease fire is the best thing, and that's not always the case," said Knox.

"People automatically assume that "water" on a grease fire is the best thing, and that's not always the case," said Knox.

Flames may shoot straight up, which could hurt or kill the cook and burn the house down.

Also very important, leave it there until it cools off.

Some safety lessons learned, thanks to the HFD for Your Health. 

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